Evan Turner scored 25 points and Jrue Holiday contributed 21 as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Boston Celtics, 106-100, Friday night the TD Garden in Boston. The 76ers would lead throughout, stretching that lead to 16 points in the third quarter. Boston mounted a late charge, but fell short of completing their comeback.
The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair, with Philadelphia holding a narrow two-point lead at the end of the frame. The Sixers would waste no time opening up the game in the second quarter, immediately embarking on an 8-0 run to start the quarter, capped by back-to-back Nick Young three pointers. Philadelphia would never trail thereafter, maintaining no smaller than a six point lead for the remainder of the game.
Turner and Holiday both notched double-doubles, Turner pulling down 11 rebounds to go with his 25 points, and Holiday dishing out 14 assists to compliment his 21. Dorell Wright and Thaddeus Young each added 15, while Nick Young chipped in ten. Paul Pierce scored 24 for Boston while Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo had double-doubles of their own -- Garnett with 19 points and ten rebounds, and Rondo with 14 points and a whopping 20 assists.
The win improves the 76ers to 3-2 on the season. They face the Raptors in Toronto on Saturday to complete the back-to-back.